The new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer has arrived. Let me write some words about it that you're not really going to read, because why would you read me talking about the trailer when you can just watch the trailer? I have no illusions about this. It's OK, go on. Watch the trailer. Maybe later we can talk about how it made you feel.

Did you watch it already? Do you want to go watch it again? It's fine, I'll wait. To be honest, I'm probably going to watch it again too. There's a lot to take in; some amazing-looking action shots (including an action group shot that's going to be a lot of people's desktop wallpapers about ten minutes ago); some Bruce/Natasha tension; the twins Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch in action; and the briefest glimpse at the very end of this guy:

 

 

Yes, that's Paul Bettany's Vision. It's still not clear how big a role the character will play in the movie, but it seems a safe bet that he'll either play a part in taking down Ultron, or he'll be the next iteration of Stark's A.I. after Ultron. Maybe when you calm James Spader down enough, he becomes Paul Bettany?

The trailer was originally expected to premiere on Thursday with the series premiere of American Crime on ABC, and in theaters with Cinderella, but Marvel stirred fans into a frenzy on Twitter by promising to release the trailer early if enough people used the #AvengersAssemble hashtag; a much better way to get the trailer out early than the leak that launched the first trailer, but a strategy that seems to take its lead from the hubbub that the leaked trailer created.

Here's the movie's official synopsis:

 

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1.